FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots tried to digest their season-ending 28-21 playoff loss to the New York Jets Sunday at Gillete Stadium, a stunning conclusion to a year that produced an NFL-best 14-2 regular-season record and a number one seed in the AFC.
Some comments from the locker room:
* Fred Taylor: “Coach [Bill Belichick] laid it out on the line for us. This is a new season and everything we did up until this point is just to put you in position. You still have to go and play, especially in this tournament.
“I won’t say I’m shocked. You look at the parity that’s developed around the league, even in this playoffs. A few home teams lost. You had a 7-9 team [Seattle] that fought. This is football. I think this is why it’s one of the greatest sports. You never know what you’re going to get, really. I don’t know. It’s just [football]. It’s a funny game.”
* Alge Crumpler: “It is tough. Your emotions are going to be at one extreme. You’re either going to be really happy or really sad. And I hate that we all have to feel this way. I don’t care about [the regular-season success]. All I care about is what happened in the last three hours and it wasn’t good. And I’ve got to deal with it.”
* Matt Light: “We didn’t make the plays when we needed to and it’s unfortunate. We have got a great team and great guys. We have had good chemistry throughout the year. Unfortunately in this game it doesn’t mean much at the end of it. It’s not every day you get an opportunity like this and to fall short, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. It’s pretty final. Unfortunately.”
* Wes Welker: “You have such a great regular season to get yourself in good position and we just didn’t really take advantage of it. The Jets were the better team today and we paid the price for it.”
* Danny Woodhead: “Hey, this is the NFL playoffs. You want to go out and do your best in the NFL playoffs and hopefully advance. And we didn’t advance tonight.”
* Jerod Mayo: “You’re always going to be surprised and disappointed when you lose a game, especially the way we’ve been playing. They just came out and played more physical than we did. It’s very disappointing. The regular season means nothing now. We came into the postseason 0-0.”